The Celtic Cross has fascinated me for years, having a link with my Scottish roots.
The Celtic Cross has a lot of symbolism, and I would like to share some of its rich meaning. I have been told that the circle has its origin from the sun rising behind a plain cross, reminding us of Christ who has risen. The circle is a visual aid to remind us of the eternal on going never ending love, like the wedding band. The circle a reminder of the crown of thorns, and the circle of the sheepfold, in Scotland they are built of stone in a circle, reminding us we are the sheep under the Lords care, protected in the sheepfold.
I found the following website giving an excellent overview of the Celtic Cross.
Found another site on Celtic Spirituality giving a good short overview.
A close friend introduced me to the Celtic cross, she was a missionary and taught me how to fold paper in such a way, that when it was cut and unfolded it gave the shape of a Celtic cross. This link demonstrates how to do this, by my fair hand. http://youtu.be/9jb9BnwfpD4
Each cross is hand folded and cut to form the shape of a Celtic cross. I then draw in the provided space, which becomes a meditative reflective practice for me, that allows me to relax and center myself on God.
My doodling which I have done for years has a very therapeutic effect on me, calming and causing me to relax. I find out from my son this practice has a name. He came home from school one day fascinated by this, having been introduced to Zen Tangle by his teacher, who uses this practice to allow the kids in the class to unwind from intense focused times.
These are some of the older crosses I had worked on, I do go back fourth from doing this spiritual practice, and this is a time that I’m revisiting and desiring to share this creative craft which is good for all ages.
Here is another link, just having fun and trying to encourage your creative flair, check it out. https://youtu.be/VNLilWNNQbY
Do hope you will give it a try, and enjoy amazing your friends with this creative paper cross, or relax, doing a Cross Untangle. Here is one I did a number of months ago. The relaxing process of unwinding from the stress of life with the use of a pen and a sheet of paper.